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Thread #14921   Message #2879722
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
04-Apr-10 - 09:34 PM
Thread Name: Atheist Hymns
Subject: RE: Atheist Hymns
Seems to me people lose track of what is meant by "hymns", "carols", and "a spiritual".   

Hymns are, by definition, religious songs of praise to some entity, in our culture a god. If it's an atheist occasion, a hymn would be entirely out of place, don't you think?

A carol is a folk or folk-type song (not amounting to a hymn), associated with a particular holiday.

Dave Oesterreich